Opening scene shows Belgian rescue workers searching for survivors of a German V-2 rocket strike in the city of Antwerp, Belgium, on 17 December, 1944, during World War 2. Some clergymen help steel-helmeted emergency workers carry a victim from the rubble, on a stretcher. Aerial view of the port of Antwerp showing its extensive facilities including rail lines. U.S. Army troops of the American 2nd Infantry Division withdrawing in trucks towards Elsenborn, Belgium, as the German offensive gains ground. Snow covers the ground. Piles of fuel, gas, and diesel cans are seen on fire at a fuel dump near Stavelot, Belgium, where soldiers of Company A, 526th Armored Infantry Battalion, are destroying the fuels to keep them out of the hands of German forces advancing on the town. U.S. Army engineers carry boxes of TNT inside German-built pillbox fortifications and and blow them up. Large explosions seen. An engineer notching a tree beside a road. Others insert explosives and string wire to detonate the charges and create road blocks. Engineers place land mines into holes in a road outside of Elsenborn.
Animated map showing disposition of Allied and opposing German forces in Belgium during World War II. Highlighted places include the River Meuse, Bastogne,and Liege. Brief glimpse of German Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt,commander of the German Army Command in the West. German troops riding through forest over light snow on a King Tiger tank. The tank churning up dirt and snow at high speed in another scene. German infantry moving through the forest at dusk. Illustrated map shows national flags delineating battle fronts and the German breakout (Bulge in the line) aiming toward Antwerp Harbor through Liege. Next are series of rapidly changing scenes showing American troops in combat near houses, moving through smoke and mist, one throwing a hand grenade into an apartment building, helping one another move through buildings, setting off explosives, communicating on a field telephone, moving through burning rubble, and running across snow around industrial buildings. Camera shakes seen during some of the nearby explosions. Two U.S. soldiers silhouetted against the snow as place a wounded buddy in a sheltered spot. One placing a bandage around the neck of the injured soldier. American medics carrying wounded on litters, across a snowy field containing a several fallen soldiers. One soldier calling for a medic. Corpsmen moving on to a new battlefield. U.S. troops firing machine guns from atop Sherman tanks in a city as infantrymen crouch behind the tanks. Glimpse from inside, of a German soldier firing an Mg34 model machine gun out a building window. Embattled American troops and trucks moving past burning buildings. Closeups of American GIs dashing from building to building and firing from improvised shelter. A bazooka fired out a building window strikes a tank, which is seen burning. Individual soldiers running for shelter as Medical Corpmen carry wounded on litter the opposite way. Scene shifts to British forces moving in from further North, through the snow. Glimpse of women and children and aged folks, in Belgium, frightened by the goings on. An old woman holds a small girl who is crying. British infantry advancing into action across a snowy field. A British machine gunner firing from a protected position. U.S. troops entrenched in deep snow. December 24th, clearing weather allowed some Allied air support to aid the troops. Glimpse of aircraft contrails. Formations of Allied aircraft overhead. Aerial view of a formation of British Hawker Typhoon fighter bombers in flight. View from a B-17 in flight with others creating thick contrails at high altitude. Pilot and copilot in cockpit of a bomber in flight. American soldiers on the ground watching with binoculars. U.S. Army Air Forces P-47 aircraft overhead, break out of formation and dive to attack German ground targets. American GIs on the ground cheer as they watch. A huge explosion takes place near an American crew manning a heavy gun pointing point blank with zero elevation. American soldiers load rockets into a truck-mounted launcher. Several truck-mounted launchers firing their rocket barrages. U.S. infantry advancing atop tanks, in armored personnel carriers, and on foot. They carry axes, shovels and similar tools along with their weapons. Army trucks entering a town. Infantry moving through a forest. More troops on vehicles of all kinds moving into a town.
The British 2nd Army advances on Tournai, Antwerp, and Ghent in Belgium. Animated map shows the advance in Belgium. Sign of France. The British 2nd Army rolls through Tournai, Belgium (September 3): Soldiers advance on Tournai. Army tanks and soldiers move over bridge and fire. Ghent citizens help wipe out final resistance. Large crowd gathers and allied troops on army tanks fire in city. The British 2nd Army fights in Antwerp on 4th September: German equipment burned and soldiers fire. Troops fight in streets. Nazi defenders run near railway tracks.
A V-2 rocket attack on Antwerp, Belgium. Boats underway from Antwerp to Viersel. Buildings in the background. Ships sink in the harbor at Antwerp. A bridge across a ship channel.
A V-2 rocket attack on Antwerp, Belgium during World War II. Ships docked at a harbor. A high altitude view of the area. Houses in the background. A train passes on a railway track in the background. Vehicles parked outside buildings. The port of Antwerp and the vicinity.
Beginning of the German counterattack into Belgium, during winter of 1944-45 of World War 2.
Opening scenes show German artillery barrages by Grille (Cricket) self-propelled artillery firing 15 cm sIG 33 infantry guns. This is the beginning of German Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt's Ardennes Counteroffensive (aka the Battle of the Bulge) in December, 1944. German trooops riding on StuG III Ausf. G tank destroyers moving forward in Ligneuville, South of Malmedy, Belgium. German infantry walk past a knocked out tank on their way toward the front, where smoke rises ahead. They pass burning American armor and vehicles destroyed by the German Luftwaffe (Air Force). Sounds of artillery fire are heard. Closeup of one soldier carrying an MP44 7.92 x 33 mm (7.92 Kurz) caliber assault rifle. The German infantry move along a ditch parallel to a burning column of U.S. armor and vehicles on the road, where it was wiped out by German aircraft. A United States 3" anti-tank gun abandoned at the roadside. German soldiers retrieve American cigarettes from a knocked out U.S. tank, and share them. At TC:02:00 the German gunner with a belt of ammunition around his neck, is Hans Tragarsky aka Walter Armbrusch. (His image is well known but his identity is subject to debate.) German troops relax as they smoke cigarettes. A group of German soldiers sharing cigarettes, atop a Stug III tank destroyer. A German army Type 82 Volkswagen Kübelwagen drives past detritus of combat, near a village church. Glimpse of damage in City of Antwerp from a German rocket.